Athena: JW, something is wrong with me. I can't think of anything grumpy to say about the games that launch this month!
JW: Have you taken your temperature? I hear Covid makes you lose your sense of smell, taste, and your taste in board games.
Athena: Oh my goodness. Okay. Let's test me.
JW: Lacerda's Mercado de Lisboa.
Athena: A clever puzzle for people who are good at spatial riddles and calculations. It has a series of nine challenges specifically designed for solo.
JW: Mmm. That's not good. Cascadia.
Athena: Fans of Calico and Parks are going to love it. Each animal has unique scoring conditions according to their natural habitat and preferences.
JW: I'm starting to get worried... Agropolis!
Athena: I know we both disliked Sprawlopolis but think of all the possibilities this opens up: it can be played on its own or combined with Sprawlopolis and make your brain explode with farms, ranches and city streets!
JW: Athena, please! What's gotten into you? We didn't just "dislike" Sprawlopolis. Okay, okay. My last hope:The 7th Citadel.
Athena: Oh. *gulp* The 7th Continent gave me some of the worst gaming experiences in my life. I wouldn't want the sequel if someone gave it to me for free.
JW: Oh man. At last! Back to her senses!
Athena: *feeling better* Are you backing the expansion to Machina Arcana?
JW: I would, if I could figure out how to play the base game. It is so much work for me now, it never gets to the table. I do like everything about it in theory. But it's a misunderstood masterpiece. I don't want to add to it.